NYC Taxi Accident Lawyer

New York City Taxi Accident Attorneys

Standing Up for the Rights of Injured Accident Victims

Even with the rise of Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies, taxis remain ubiquitous in New York City. Although taxicab accidents are less common than other types of car accidents, they do happen more frequently than many people realize. For those injured in accidents with taxicabs, recovering compensation for accident-related damages, such as medical bills, can be very challenging without the help of an attorney.

At Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, we understand the many laws and regulations surrounding taxi companies and their drivers. Our New York City taxi accident attorneys have helped numerous individuals and families successfully fight for fair compensation after devastating taxicab accidents. We know the challenges you are up against—and we know how to fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to dispute, underpay, or even deny your claim. 

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What to Do After a Taxicab Accident in New York City

No one expects to be involved in a taxi accident, but when it happens to you, there are certain things you can and should do to protect yourself and your rights.

After a taxi accident, if possible, try to do the following:

  • Call 911, especially if you or anyone else appears injured. Do not try to move anyone who appears seriously injured but, instead, wait for paramedics to arrive. 
  • Report the accident to the police, either directly at the scene or immediately afterward. Be honest about what happened, but do not admit or assign blame. 
  • See a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you did not suffer emergency injuries, you should always see a medical provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment. 
  • Get the taxi driver’s information, including their name and contact information, as well as information about the taxi company they work for. 
  • Take pictures of the accident scene, as well as your injuries. If you can, talk to any witnesses who saw what happened and get their contact information. 
  • Avoid posting to social media after the accident, and do not talk to anyone but an attorney about the incident, especially if you wish to pursue a personal injury claim. 
  • Do not agree to a settlement or sign anything provided to you by the taxi company or its insurance provider without first speaking to a lawyer. 

One of the most important things you can do after the accident is to contact an attorney with experience handling taxi accidents. At Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, we can review the details of your case and provide information specific to your case regarding your legal rights and options.  

Who Is Liable for a Taxi Accident? 

If the taxi driver caused the accident, the taxi company is most likely liable for your accident-related damages. 

In New York City, taxi companies must carry the following no-fault insurance minimums: 

  • $100,000 in liability coverage per person
  • $300,000 in liability coverage per accident 

If you are injured in an accident caused by a taxi driver or taxi service’s negligence, you are likely entitled to compensation under the taxi service’s no-fault coverage. Unfortunately, no-fault insurance is limited. It does not pay any non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. And, while it does cover all medical expenses related to the accident up to the policy limit, it does not cover the full cost of lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses. 

Additionally, you might not be covered by the taxi service if someone else was to blame for the accident. If the crash involved another vehicle, and the driver of that vehicle was negligent, you could have a no-fault or third-party claim against the other driver’s insurance provider. 

It is important that you talk to a lawyer after a taxi accident in New York City, as determining who is liable for your damages can be complicated. At Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, we know how to evaluate all available evidence to determine who was at fault and who is legally responsible for your accident-related losses. 

Compensation for Taxi Accident Victims

Although no-fault insurance only covers medical expenses, a portion of your lost wages, and certain other out-of-pocket expenses, you could be entitled to compensation for additional damages depending on the circumstances of your case. If you suffered a “serious injury,” as defined by the state, you have grounds to go outside the no-fault system and file a third-party claim or lawsuit.

A successful third-party claim or lawsuit can allow you to recover the following types of damages: 

  • All medical expenses related to the accident 
  • Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering 
  • Diminished quality/enjoyment of life 
  • Disfigurement 
  • Emotional distress and anguish
  • In-home assistance and care 
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy 
  • Loss of earning ability and future wages/income

At Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, we help our clients fight for every penny they are owed. We understand how difficult it can be to get back on your feet after a serious accident, which is why we strive to ease the stress you are under and provide everything you need to make informed decisions about your case, your recovery, and your future. 

When to Hire a Taxi Accident Attorney

The sooner you act, the better. After a motor vehicle accident in New York City, you only have three years to file a lawsuit. If this statute of limitations expires, your case will likely be dismissed, and you will lose your chance to seek compensation for your damages. 

At Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, our New York City taxi accident attorneys are ready to assist you with every aspect of your case. If you believe that someone else—whether it was the taxi driver, the taxi service, another motorist on the road, or some other third party—was responsible for the accident that caused your injuries or the tragic death of your loved one, reach out to our team right away. We can immediately begin investigating your claim and developing an innovative, personalized legal strategy on your behalf. 

Contact us onlineor call our office at (646) 813-3922to request a complimentary case review.

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